Aptitude installed by default on 13.10?

Oliver Grawert ogra at ubuntu.com
Tue Apr 9 16:45:25 UTC 2013

On Di, 2013-04-09 at 12:24 -0400, Brett Cornwall wrote:
> On 04/09/2013 12:17 PM, Alexandre Strube wrote:
> > Why?
> Because aptitude is the successor to apt-get, endorsed by the community 
> that does all the packaging for this OS, is more stable, and has better 
> dependency handling (indeed, promotes better dependency setting). It 
> makes no sense to keep a less feature-rich and complete tool that has 
> long been replaced. Space on the CD was the original reason (along with 
> some canonical employee saying it was 'too complex' for some reason)

so are you ready to rewrite software-center, update-manager (and its
several equivalents in the flavour distros), the server side tools that
are used (apt-ftparchive and friends), synaptics (used in flavours), the
different flavour specific software-center equivalents to use aptitude
(i surely forgot another 100 here) ?

aptitude isnt a successor its has existed since ubuntu exists in
parallel to apt in debian ... 

if it is a successor to anything its probably more a successor to
dselect than to apt (but i guess even that would be a pretty wrong thing
to claim) ... it is just another package management tool and nothing in
ubuntu would be ready to make use of it without rewriting large portions
of the system ...

in the light that nearly *every other bit* of the desktop is currently
being rewritten for 13.10 (Mir, UnityNext, switching everything to Qt,
making device convergence happen, releasing a phone OS with apps ... etc
etc) i highly doubt there is any manpower left to work on such rewrites.
but if you see such spare manpower in the community, then make it
happen, once most of the package managing tools are ported there surely
is an opportunity to discuss such a 
switch again ...

just shipping it alongside would go against ubuntus policy of avoiding
duplication in default installs.

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